Monday – Enroute we will be stopping at Burnham on Sea for lunch. With lovely extensive sandy beaches and the shortest pier in the country. From here we will travel via Bridgwater to Minehead to Ilfracombe.
Tuesday – Travelling to Bude where we will have free time, with its stunning beaches some made famous by the incredible waves and rocky outcrops perfect for its surfing
but was also where the first lifesaving school started. Then onto Hartland Abbey and Gardens. The Abbey was protected during the reign of King Henry VIII as they supplied him with wine and grapes for his household, in contrast to many of the other Abbeys in England. The Stucley family still live her and it holds many of their beloved treasures and memorabilia. The stunning 18th century walled Woodland gardens lead down to the rugged Atlantic cove. The Abbey has been showcased in some leading TV series such as the Night Manager and Sense and Sensibility. Then on to Clovelly, a unique village owned by the Queen, the town has no vehicle access and man powered sledges transport goods and people around. The Clovelly Court Gardens, a classically restored Victorian walled kitchen garden including a magnificent lean-to greenhouse, sheltering exotic Mediterranean fruits and vegetables. From there onto Bideford with many antiques shops are scattered amongst the narrow backstreets and alleyways that lead up from the quay and the river. The town of Appledore started as a Viking settlement, renowned for traditional ship building but now specialises in yachts and pleasure craft.
Wednesday -Today we will take a scenic drive along the coast visiting Woolacombe, Croyde passing Saunton Sands. The straight sandy beach forms part of the Braunton Burrows a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is often used by the military for training purposes. Then on to Barnstable one of the oldest towns in Devon. Continuing to Lynton and Lynmouth, the pretty village of Lynmouth sits at sea level, whilst Lynmouth sits higher amongst the trees, full of quaint narrow lanes and independent shops to explore. Often known as ‘Little Switzerland’ the area is a walker’s paradise
Thursday – A day of leisure – may be visit the Ilfracombe Aquarium, The Tunnel Beaches or the Hele Corn Mill. There will also be a wonderful Lundy Island boat cruise that is optional for you to have an extra chance to explore.
Friday – We will travel home with a lunch break enroute and arriving home in the afternoon